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Guitarist Chet Atkins Dies at 77

Tennessee-born guitar virtuoso and “Nashville Sound” architect Chet Atkins died at his home on Sat. June 30 after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.

Atkins took up the guitar at age 9, gigged at some local parties and roadhouses, and a few years later found himself a record executive position at RCA. From there he spawned an entire generation of country and rock musicians, guiding stars like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and Don Gibson to immense fame and household-name status.

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